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Are the Nationals rushing Strasburg?

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08:12 AM ET 08.08 | By all accounts, Stephen Strasburg's short Sunday stint fulfilled expectations. He sat around 97 mph and once reached 98 with his fastball. His breaking ball looped with its usual ferocity. His changeup dove with relish. ... Of course he doesn't have to come back. That doesn't preclude him from doing so, and it certainly doesn't make Strasburg's return short-sighted. The Nationals understand he's a once-in-a-generation talent, the last person with whom they'd trifle. The team is worth $417 million, according to Forbes, and its operating income of $36.6 million ranked second in the game last year. Which is to say: The team is not rushing him back to make a couple million dollars on ticket and concession sales for a handful of starts in September. The Nationals are doing so because he is ready.

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August 8, 2011  08:19 AM ET

They better not.

August 8, 2011  08:20 AM ET

Be patient Nats...do not rush him back to the majors...let's see several solid performances in the minors before even thinking about calling him up. Better yet, wait until 2012.

August 8, 2011  08:22 AM ET

This is typical in the SHORT history of the Nationals...........bad decisions that is.

August 8, 2011  08:30 AM ET

I don't think he will become a regular starter any time soon. The Nats are out of the playoff picture completely, so this should be an early expanded roster call up.

August 8, 2011  08:35 AM ET

The ideal situation would be to get Strasburg back for 2-4 starts in Sept, if he has clearance to do so. That sets him up for success next year and gives him confidence that he's good to go. Yes, with strict pitch limits, etc. But this is smart.

August 8, 2011  09:21 AM ET

It's always about money !!

August 8, 2011  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#3):

This is typical in the SHORT history of the Nationals...........bad decisions that is.

He will be rushed back and ultimately flameout

Career over

August 8, 2011  09:37 AM ET
QUOTE(#5):

The ideal situation would be to get Strasburg back for 2-4 starts in Sept, if he has clearance to do so. That sets him up for success next year and gives him confidence that he's good to go. Yes, with strict pitch limits, etc. But this is smart.

Nats...Strasburg doesn't equal smart

August 8, 2011  09:39 AM ET

Yet another Nationals thread. How special.

August 8, 2011  09:40 AM ET
QUOTE(#9):

Nats...Strasburg doesn't equal smart

The Nats are really close to being a very good team when they add Strasberg and Bryce Harper. They're not your fathers **** Nats.

August 8, 2011  09:45 AM ET
QUOTE(#11):

The Nats are really close to being a very good team when they add Strasberg and Bryce Harper. They're not your fathers **** Nats.

Yea Harper...another study in overhyped flameout in the making. Can't wait for mascarra boy to implode in a major league park

August 8, 2011  11:04 AM ET
QUOTE(#12):

Yea Harper...another study in overhyped flameout in the making. Can't wait for mascarra boy to implode in a major league park

I think the kid has too much ego to be freaked out by anything. He might be a pain in the ****, and get his share of negative headlines, but my guess is he'll be really, really good.

August 8, 2011  11:31 AM ET
QUOTE(#10):

Yet another Nationals thread. How special.

True. We should get some Tribe threads. How they doing? or Cavs, or Browns.......Lake Erie Mosters, tOSU? So much to choose from. Special.

August 8, 2011  12:17 PM ET

I would like to see the kid come back and win a Cy Young award.

August 8, 2011  12:36 PM ET
QUOTE(#14):

True. We should get some Tribe threads. How they doing? or Cavs, or Browns.......Lake Erie Mosters, tOSU? So much to choose from. Special.

Let's see, the Tribe is at .500, 4 games out with a huge series looming against the Tigers. The Nats are 4 games under, 19 freakin' games out. Nats get 2 or 3 threads a week it seems. Can't remember the last Tribe thread.

August 8, 2011  01:44 PM ET

strasburg could be ready,, but the national should wait till 2012 season plus strasburg himself had said that the reason why he did broke down was because he wasn't ready to pitch for the long season, better late than never the nationals most wait if they really want to have strasburg for another five years or so!!

August 8, 2011  01:46 PM ET

does the angels have a lefty prospect on their minors? i thought that was the reason why the angels refuse to sign chapman?

August 8, 2011  01:49 PM ET

Two words: David Clyde.

August 8, 2011  02:11 PM ET
QUOTE(#16):

Let's see, the Tribe is at .500, 4 games out with a huge series looming against the Tigers. The Nats are 4 games under, 19 freakin' games out. Nats get 2 or 3 threads a week it seems. Can't remember the last Tribe thread.

The Tribe started 30-15 and since their hot start the Nats have outplayed them pretty well. Neither team is going to the playoffs. I don't root against the Indians or any other Cleveland team, But give me a break. Anybody in Cleveland with any sense would rather have the Nats roster next year (maybe this year right now). But, it's not up to me and I don't write or pick the threads.

 
August 8, 2011  04:59 PM ET

Tell me anyone who isn't excited about seeing Strasburg pitch again, this year or next?

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